Weather: Thanksgiving Snow (11/23/2016)

Wednesday turned out pretty well in the weather world. We didn't see much sun but skies seemed a little brighter with thinning clouds. Highs were able to get into the middle & upper 30s in the Champlain Valley as well as in southern Vermont & New Hampshire. It has caused some of the snow & ice to melt, good news for sidewalks & driveways. Wednesday night will stay quiet and cold with increasing clouds; lows will be in the middle 20s.

Thanksgiving day will turn a bit messy, but not horrible. An area of low pressure will lift into the northeast Thursday morning. It'll lead to a period of snow showers in the morning before changing to a mix of rain and snow by the afternoon. Snow amounts will be light with a dusting to about an inch in valleys, closer to an inch or three in the mountains. Impacts from this snow will be low but driving & flying on Thanksgiving may be slowed down a bit; especially if you're driving into the mountains. Highs will get into the middle & upper 30s. Any Thanksgiving Day backyard football games will be cold, raw and awesome.

Friday and Saturday stay slightly unsettled with spotty rain & snow showers continuing. We'll keep it cloudy both days with highs near 40° and lows in the low 30s. There will be a better chance at accumulating mountain snow on Saturday. Sunday & Monday, there will be a relative lull in the action before another system brings more rain & snow by Tuesday. Recent trends have been getting warmer. What starts as rain and snow during the first half of Tuesday will likely transition to mainly plain rain from mountain top to valley floor on Wednesday. Highs by the middle of next week will be closing in on 50°! This unsettled pattern is exactly what Mother Nature ordered for our ongoing drought situation. The latest drought monitor came out a day early because of Thanksgiving and it's good news! The severe drought area of northwest Vermont & northern New York has shrunk. The moderate drought over western New York has also shrunk.

I wish you and for family a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

-Meteorologist Sean Parker


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